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Best 2008: Trailers Pt. 1

01.05.2009

Welcome to the 100 Best Trailers of 2008. This is the 8th Annual List dating back to 2001 and my fourth year bringing it exclusively to JoBlo.com. If you visit the Trailers Page frequently, you should know my tastes quite well. Sit back and scan the list for your favorite trailer or movie of the year. Sometimes great trailers make great movies and other times they convince you to see awful movies. Don't hesitate to strike back below if you think I'm completely nuts.

The 100 Best Trailers are listed in order from worst to first. Bear in mind that each year over 400 hundred trailers are released and not every trailer can fit on this list. The selection of the 100 Best is not compiled by the site as a whole, nor is it based on reader feedback. This is not a survey, nor did anyone vote. Just one Schmo's opinion on things.

Selection of the 100 Best depends on a multitude of criteria. Paramount to making a great trailer, previews must excel in edit, music selection, character and story development, and originality. There are standard types of trailers that movie audiences are accustomed to seeing; this list intends to encourage filmmakers and marketing firms to break those molds. Each movie is only allowed one entry on the list. The power of the movie trailer is not in the safe and secure track, but the exploration of new ways to grab the audience's attention. Trailers that were released last year (like some of the trailers for THE DARK KNIGHT) are not qualified for this list.

This list will consist of two parts 100-26 and 25-1. I will feature the Worst Trailer of the year on my personal MYJOBLO Profile. Previous Best of the Years Winners include: FUNNY GAMES, 300, JARHEAD, GARDEN STATE, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, FEMME FATALE, and 40 DAYS, 40 NIGHTS.

100. DEATH RACE

99. MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY

98. THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR

97. FROM PARIS WITH LOVE

96. IGOR

95. THE GRAND

94. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?

93. TROUBLE THE WATER

92. THE PINK PANTHER 2

91. RAIN OF MADNESS

90. SEVEN POUNDS

89. SUNSHINE CLEANING

88. KABLUEY

87. ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAUR

86. THE PROMOTION

85. SON OF RANBOW

84. NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST

83. THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS

82. MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D

81. VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE


SPOTLIGHT - # 91

RAIN OF MADNESS

Normally, I wouldn't include a fake movie trailer on this list. However, the mock trailer for this kick ass TROPIC THUNDER mockumentary is the perfect example of how to create a viral video. This trailer not only made TROPIC THUNDER look great, RAIN OF MADNESS was also available on iTunes and the future DVD release. A must see for fans of TROPIC THUNDER.

80. THE BANK JOB

79. CROSSING OVER

78. REDBELT

77. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

76. BACKSEAT

75. TOWELHEAD

74. SAW V

73. PRIDE & GLORY

72. MONSTERS vs. ALIENS

71. THE INTERNATIONAL

70. BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER

69. VALKYRIE

68. EARTH

67. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

66. LAKEVIEW TERRACE

65. THE WACKNESS

64. BABY MAMA

63. WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU

62. BONNEVILLE

61. ELITE SQUAD


SPOTLIGHT - # 69

VALKYRIE

Early word on the new Tom Cruise movie, VALKYRIE, was atrocious before the first trailer. Although this preview wasn't a complete home run, it was far better than most people expected. Sure, Cruise looks goofy in an eye patch. Nevertheless, the composition makes the movie looks like a piece of quality cinema and not some straight-to-video lark.

60. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

59. BRIDE WARS

58. SHOTGUN STORIES

57. FRONTRUNNERS

56. MAX PAYNE

55. MILK

54. RELIGULOUS

53. DOUBT

52. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

51. UP

50. MUTANT CHRONICLES

49. THE COTTAGE

48. ROLE MODELS

47. JCVD

46. SHROOMS

45. FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL

44. NOTORIOUS

43. ROCKNROLLA

42. GOLIATH

41. GHOST TOWN


SPOTLIGHT - # 45

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL

Easily the best Apatow comedy of the year, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL had good but not perfect trailers. If anything, they saved the best scenes for the movie. This was one of those trailers that slowly snuck up on you without ruining the movie-going experience.

40. NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU

39. EAGLE EYE

38. SPEED RACER

37. KILLER AT LARGE

36. DEAR ZACHARY

35. 9

34. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

33. THE WRESTLER

32. TROPIC THUNDER

31. MARLEY & ME

30. CHAOS THEORY

29. THE FALL

28. THE STRANGERS

27. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

26. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Make sure to check back for the remainder of the list!

Extra Tidbit: Check out 10 Trailers You May Have Missed!
Source: JoBlo Trailers

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